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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Changes in April 2022

The responsibilities of employers concerning the provision of PPE are changing from 6 April 2022.

One of the most significant changes to the PPE Regulations 2022 sees employers now responsible for providing PPE to “workers” rather than just “employees”.

For the purposes of these regulations, a worker either has a contract of employment with you, or have a more casual employment relationship and work under a contract for service, such as labour only sub-contractors.

By 6th April this year you will have to ensure that there is no difference in the way PPE is provided to your employees or workers.

These changes to the regulations do not alter the fact that protective equipment should still be regarded as the last resort to protect against risks to health and safety, and that engineering controls and safe systems of work should always be considered first.